Growing up, we were told plants need three things to grow: water, air, and sunlight. While we were also often told plants needed soil to grow, that is not always the case. Plants like cress can flourish even on cotton wool!
So if you're a nanny taking care of curious charges, you may benefit from growing 'cress heads'. This fuss-free experiment helps to teach young charges how to grow and care for a low-management plant - and then you can eat it in a lovely cheese and cress sandwich!
Interesting Facts About Cress
Cress is an undemanding plant. It can germinate even without soil. Most growers use cotton wool to hold the roots. Cress also needs fewer nutrients than other plants, as it doesn’t grow very big. Cress plants can get all the nutrients they need from water and sunlight.
Cress comes in three types: watercress, garden cress, and nasturtium. And as well as providing a fun science lesson for your charges, cress also serves as a significant ingredient in combatting flu. Cress is packed with high levels of vitamins C, B1, B2, and E. The plant also helps improve a person’s digestion.
How to use cress in meals?
Cress wilts easily, especially when it comes into contact with dressings. It is encouraged to only use it as a garnish for salads, egg dishes, and fish dishes. When using garden cress, nannies should remember to keep it away from heat, which can make it turn bitter.
Caregivers may add cress in sandwiches or salads. Storing this nutrient-powerhouse in an airtight food container can extend the plant’s freshness for up to two weeks.
How to make a Cress Head?
Cress heads are very easy and fun to make. They use materials that caretakers and their charges can easily find in their homes. Creating a homemade greenhouse to grow cress requires only seven steps.
Materials you’ll need:
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